PICTURES

Secondary school students find creative solutions to real-world problems

From durian soap to chilli padi insecticide, the Scientific Thinking Programme has seen hundreds of students come up with countless innovations since its inception in 2004.

On Friday, a record number of 48 teams from 21 secondary schools presented their projects for judging at Republic Polytechnic (RP). Projects this year include research to limit mosquito breeding using a household detergent, utilising wave movement to generate energy and using strawberry seeds to make organic toothpaste.

Now in its 10th year, the programme launched by RP, aims to cultivate a passion for science and technology among secondary school students. Over five months, groups of students from Secondary 1 to Secondary 3 attend workshops, conceptualise a project, conduct research and gather results, all under the mentorship of faculty from RP's School of Applied Science.

The top 5 projects will be selected for a final round on June 28, following which the best project overall will be chosen.